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Nov 01, 2008
jolexas
How long did Prevacid take to work for your infant?
We are going on our third week. I am getting annoyed. It has been a roller coaster. One week good, one week horrid. Feeling angry and helpless.
Nov 01, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
I don't really visit the board too often (on hiatus right now), but I did want to tell you that it took us well over a month to see an improvement in Sebastian's reflux when we switched to Prevacid....hugs to you!
Nov 01, 2008
michelle&aurora
Aurora born March 17, 2007
3 years, 8 months old
Weighs 25.8 lbs
8 lbs 11 oz at birth.
Recovered Chronic Projectile Vomiter
Prevacid Free since September 08
Egg allergy diagnosed Jan 26/09
Has a Pectus Excavatum
Has an Epipen
It really depends on what your expectation of "works" is. If you are expecting it to reduce vomiting, chances are it won't. If your baby is still in pain, chances are it hasn't taken full effect yet. Some say it can take upwards of a month for the full acid-reduction to take place. There can be other things, too, that can cause discomfort for your little, such as formula intolerance or milk protein allergy. Also, even if the acid reducer is working, reflux can cause such things as nausea, stomach pain, reduced appetite.....which, unfortunately, can also be side effects of prevacid. It is a very rough road to travel, and often times the most difficult aspect of having a reflux baby is not knowing the cause or the cure for their discomfort. How old is your little one? It really is a roller coaster and communication with your doctor will be key. Good luck. Sorry you are here, but welcome.
Nov 01, 2008
jolexas
Thanks. Our daughter is one month and one week old. We go to the dr. weekly basically cause I feel so helpless. He said to ride this one out. :(
Nov 01, 2008
jolexas
oh, we switched formulas 4 times. We are now on Alimentum. It worked miracles for a week and now we are back where we are.
Nov 01, 2008
ethan's mom
Meridith
Mom to Ethan, born 4/23/08. Diagnosed with Reflux at about 1 month, started medicating with Zantac, which wasn't helpful for us. At about 2.5 months, we started on Prevacid, twice a day, and that is working much better.
Ethan is breastfed and has a few solids that he is enjoying very much.
You may already be giving the Prevacid this way, but I wanted to add it, since I learned it on these boards, and wasn't told by the doctor.

Give Prevacid on an empty tummy, about 2 hours after the last meal, and then wait 1/2 hour before feeding again. This seems to allow the medicine to work right. I nursed, so I'm not sure how often a formula fed baby eats at her age, but I know that we struggled with the timing at first. In my opinion the closer you can stick to this, the better. Hope it helps.

Nov 01, 2008
nicholasmom
Renee, mother to Nicholas, born 4/18/08 with silent reflux, moderate laryngomalacia, Sandifer's Syndrome& suspected MSPI. On Neocate, Simply Thick and Prevacid. Also mother to Nathan, born 12/06/06, who had mild reflux the first few months.
It took us about 3 weeks to see a difference. We doubled with the Zantac the first two weeks and used Mylanta as needed until the Prevacid did it's thing.
Nov 01, 2008
jolexas
Were the results consistent or were there ups and downs throughout the whole use of it?
Nov 01, 2008
nicholasmom
Renee, mother to Nicholas, born 4/18/08 with silent reflux, moderate laryngomalacia, Sandifer's Syndrome& suspected MSPI. On Neocate, Simply Thick and Prevacid. Also mother to Nathan, born 12/06/06, who had mild reflux the first few months.
Results have been fairly consistent once seen, although things like teething can cause a reflux flare. We had to have the dosage adjusted as he has grown as the synptoms started to worsen. Now we are introducing solids and I can tell there is an increase in reflux with them, but I have just been using the Mylanta if he seems to need it.
Nov 01, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
I took a while for us to see the full effect as well. I agree with previous posters... We also had best results giving it on an empty stomach and splitting the dose to 1/2 am and 1/2 in the pm. Might be worth asking your DR about.
Nov 01, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
It took 3 weeks for us to see ANY improvement, then it got better over the next few days and she was a new baby by week 4. It's really hard to wait...we've all been in your shoes. Sending big hugs to you...I'm sure you're exhausted.
Nov 02, 2008
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
It took us about 6-8 weeks before we really saw a difference, but she improved along the way...it just takes time to stop all those acid pumps.

One thing to note - make sure the Prevacid is given on an EMPTY stomach (about and hour or two after last meal) and at least 15 min before you feed again. And not within 2 hours either side of any other med. You may want to talk to your MD - when we switched the dosages of her PPI and H2 blocker, (Prevacid from morning to the evening and Pepcid from evening to the morning) for whatever reason, that made a huge difference in Allie's demeanor.

Nov 02, 2008
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
As for formula, these seem to be the winners for gerdlings: Alimentum, Nutramigen, Neocate, and Elecare. MSPI (milk-soy protein intolerance) is what the neocate and elecare are designed for. We did so many formulas - Enfamil Lipil, Similac Sensitive RS, Enfamail AR, Gentlease, Nutramigen, Similac Isomil Advance, Alimentum, Neocate...I finally just switched her by myself and a caution from the GE to Good Start Natural Cultures at 7 months with great success, but Allie's fine with milk and soy. She's on Good Start 2 and some milk now. HTH!
Check with your
doctor first!